Several months ago, I read a humorous Blog post at “Lost Laowai” about the sunken South Korean navy ship that UN investigators say was torpedoed by North Korea.
At the time, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went to China seeking help to punish North Korea. The Blog post indicated that China should do something because of the good PR that would result in the West.
I said I doubt if the People’s Republic of China (PRC) cares what US citizens feel. Since the outrage over Tibet during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Communists have enjoyed a surge of nationalism and want to keep it.
With this increased popularity, why would the PRC want to solve the North Korean problem? After all, every time there is a problem with North Korea, Americans fly to China asking for help, which is another boost to national pride. If the problem is solved, no more visits.
In fact, on November 29, 2010, Wiki-Leaks revealed that China was tired of North Korea behaving as a ‘spoiled child’, and China believed Korea should be reunified under Seoul’s control. Source: CNN U.S.
However, according to the CNN report in the embedded video, China may not ready to abandon North Korea, which means don’t believe everything you hear.
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Note: This post first appeared on iLook China May 25, 2010 at noon as post 354. This revised repeat reappears as post 1077.